Friday, June 06, 2014

European Bison, Białowieża Forest - BELARUS - UNESCO #33

This is my fourth card of the Białowieża Forest, but I decided to ask for it in a swap because I didn't have any with the European Bison yet. The European Bison (also know as Wisent) is a giant 800kg beast with a enormous strength (and a nervous temper) almost drove to extinction due to heavy hunting (for the meat, skin and specially its hide, to produce trophies and drinking horns). In the Białowieża Forest (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Belarus and Poland still live more than 300 wild European Bison. Thank you very much Alex for this card and for using the new "Happy Postcrossing" stamp from Belarus. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
UNESCO #33 - European Bison, Białowieża Forest - BELARUS
Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, is home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park.


  1. European Bison was a symbol of Ice Hockey World Champinship 2014 and had name Volat :) that means "Hero" in translation from Belarusian ;)

  2. Thanks for the info... didn't knew that! Have you ever seen one of these animals in the wild? I do hope I can spot them when I finally visit your country (probably in the summer 2015!)...

    1. I'm ashamed, but I've not visited Bialowieza Forest yet :( want to go there with my husband.
      But a couple of weeks ago we saw European Bison at Minsk Zoo

  3. In a Zoo? That doesn't count! :)
    Well, if you don't manage to go to Białowieża Forest before August 2015, maybe we can go all together, do a double date! :)